Charles Stone has just woken up dead. Well he’s pretty sure he’s dead, what with the bullet holes in his chest and all. He also appears to be totally alone in the after-life except for the ghostly dog who seems to be his new companion.
Unable to interact with the world of the living other than watching and listening, he and the dead dog (whom he names Rose) have nothing to do and all the time in the world to do it.
When Charles and Rose try to unravel the circumstances of Charles’s death, they uncover a criminal who is raking in millions of dollars by cruelly exploiting, and sometimes killing, his victims.
But what difference can a ghost make?
And what does the damn dog have to do with any of this?
I have to say I am quite speechless after reading this novel. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting before reading the book but whatever I was expecting, this story went above and beyond.
To wake up to find out your dead must be a massive shock but having to deal with it all on your own, well I would find it more than daunting. The only other being that seems to be in the same position as Charles is a dog.
Don’t get me wrong, I think any company would be more than welcome but Charles has so many unanswered questions that I think at first he finds it more than frustrating. He ends up feeling quite lost and the roles are reversed and it is as if he is on a lead instead of the dog, who he names Rose, as he ends up following the dog around.
Dead Is Better is such a gentle story that takes us on a journey unlike any that I certainly have ever been on. We follow Charles and Rose as Charles tries to come to terms with his new way of life as well as trying to find out who killed him.
The star of the story without a doubt has to be Rose. As a dog lover, she had me won over as soon as we meet her. The companionship between Charles and Rose at times has to be one of the most endearing and emotional that I have ever read in an actual novel. Some parts (which there isn’t many) to do with the mistreating of animals, I did find quite upsetting but obviously plays a big part to how Rose ends up where she is.
Dead Is Better reminds me very much of programmes like X Factor where a contestant comes on and you dismiss them before they even begin but once started and the further they go on they just totally blow you away.
Absolutely loved it and what’s even better is that this is just the first book in the Charlie & Rose Investigate series.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Dead Is Better is available to purchase from Amazon.